Thriller - This is a very dark and twisted psychological thriller aimed at adult
audiences. Fans of all the actors, especially lead Natalie Portman,
and director Darren Aronofsky will have plenty to savor here.
Language and strong sexual and violent content make the film
inappropriate for children.
PROFANITY: 17 F-words, 3 S-words, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sexual situations without nudity, including lesbianism. VIOLENCE: Bloody stabbings and wounds. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Some dark and suggestive humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good The look and feel of Black Swan, which captures the essence of a major New York ballet production, is one of Aronofsky's great successes.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good "Black Swan” has a beauty. All of the themes of the music and life, all of the parallels of story and ballet, all of the confusion of reality and dream come together in a grand exhilaration of towering passion.
USA TodayFull Review Excellent To induce a state of dread and mesmerize with beauty is a rare, paradoxical achievement.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 51 moviegoers:
All the reviews are about the same in each group. Most enjoyed it very much, with quite a few loving it. However, many only rated it average or hated it. So, chances are good that you will enjoy it and possibly love it. Make sure that you realize that this is a very different story than what you might be expecting. If you enjoy the unexpected, this movie's for you.
Nina (Natalie Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter's professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.